When you are injured, it may seem like everything falls apart. If you have to miss work while facing the serious expense of high medical bills, you and your family may be struggling to focus on both the finances and your recovery. It is important not to face these issues alone.
Whenever you are injured, you should first seek medical treatment for your injuries. Second, you should seek legal help.
Many accidents only occur because of the dangers and irresponsible actions of someone else. When you are hurt because of someone else’s negligence, it is only fair that they take are made to pay for the results of your injuries.With a personal injury attorney on your side, you can recover medical expenses, lost wages, and damages for pain and suffering from the parties responsible for your injuries. The Baltimore attorneys of Bennett and Heyman, P.A. fight for their clients, and can fight for you, too.
How Can Having a Personal Injury Attorney Help?
A personal injury attorney’s main job is to get the client compensation for their injuries, so that they can continue with their recovery and continue supporting their family. A good personal injury attorney is a partner, who will help you through the hard times, and try to get your life back on track. We know from more than 70 collective years of experience working with clients that having someone in your corner who will fight the battle for you is essential.
Without an attorney, your only route to recovery is either through the offers made by insurance companies, or settlement offers from those who harmed you. Without an attorney to help you calculate the value of your injuries and negotiate a settlement, you are at the mercy of whatever offers those parties make. These are usually low offers designed to help shut-down plaintiffs before they even bring their cases, and do not fairly represent your situation or your needs. Insurance companies go after compensation for medical bills and other financial costs of injury so that you can be reimbursed – but they do not fight for your pain and suffering. When settling with an insurance company, they are often concerned about paying too much money on any one case.
Despite the fact that we pay such high premiums into insurance so that it will be there when we need it, insurance companies can be incredibly stingy when it comes to actually paying-out benefits. With a personal injury attorney on your side, you can have a better idea of what your options for recovery are, how much your recovery is worth, and whether the offers are fair.
Personal Injury Lawyers Fighting for Injured Clients
Personal injury attorneys can help with any kind of injury case. No matter what type of harm you have suffered, we can help you recover against those responsible for your injuries, or the injuries of your loved ones.
We have experience with cases in all of the following areas:
- Bus Accidents
- Car Accidents
- Construction Accidents
- Defective Products
- Motorcycle Accidents
- Nursing Home Abuse
- Pharmaceutical Injuries
- Premises Liability
- Slip and Fall Injuries
- Spinal Cord Injuries
- Brain Injuries
- Truck Accidents
- Workplace Accidents
- Medical Malpractice
- Birth Injuries
- Hospital Negligence
- Wrongful Death
Even if your injury is not on this list, we still want to hear about your case. With our decades of experience, it is likely that we have seen cases similar to yours before – and if we have not, we are always willing to help clients, whatever their injuries may be. As long as there is someone at fault for your injuries, we will go after all responsible parties to get you the recovery you deserve.
In general, most personal injury cases are caused by the defendant’s failures to keep places safe, or to act with the proper care. In any case based on negligence, there are four elements a plaintiff must show:
- The defendant owed a duty to the plaintiff.
- The defendant breached that duty.
- The defendant’s breach caused the plaintiff harm.
- The plaintiff suffered some harm that the court can compensate them for – known as “damages.”
Many cases, though, are not straight-forward. Even cases that might be considered “simple,”still require intense structure, deadlines, and excellent lawyering to get a jury to understand your case and award damages, or to convince a defendant to settle. That means hiring lawyers with the right kind of experience in personal injury law.
What Damages Are Available?
Victims of personal injury can recover any money that they lost due to a defendant’s negligence. That means hospital bills, ambulance fees, X-ray and MRI costs, physical therapy, psychological counseling, and any other financial costs that occurred due to the injuries. Plaintiffs can also recover any wages they lost because of their injuries.
This means not only the wages they missed while they were in the hospital or recovering from the injury, but also future wages. If you are no longer able to work, or no longer able to perform the same job and needed to take a lower-paying job because of your injuries, you can recover your lost future wages as well.
On top of this, you can recover for your pain and suffering itself. While money will never truly compensate for the pain, Maryland courts are still willing to award plaintiffs money for their physical pain and mental suffering. Maryland does have legal limits – called “caps”– on how much can be recovered for “noneconomic” damages in any personal injury or medical malpractice case, and an attorney can help you understand those limits.
Contact Our Baltimore Personal Injury Attorneys Today
While you might be deciding whether or not to hire an attorney for your case, the clock might be ticking. Injuries have legal time limits to file a case, and those deadlines may be approaching. If you or a loved one has been injured, or you have lost a loved one to an accident, contact a personal injury attorney today. The lawyers of Bennett and Heyman, P.A. have been caring for clients in Baltimore for decades, and want to hear about your case, too. For a free consultation, call us at (410) 727-2168